Con to the question "Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?"
"Students should learn to make informed decisions about the clothes they wear...
Bullying occurs whether students wear uniforms or not. The root cause of bullying should be addressed. Teens should be able to develop self-expression and their personal identity. Instead, they might resort to unconventional piercings and tattoos... [S]chool uniforms encourage followers not leaders. The practice discourages independent thinkers. This follower mentality could extend into adulthood...
[T]he push for students to wear uniforms to improve behavior lacks validity and seems ill-advised for a democratic public school system. Today's school uniforms seem more a punitive measure meant to deny students their right to freedom of expression and individuality. Public schools can still have dress codes without resorting to mandatory uniforms. There are much better goals to address safety and overall school climate."
Misguided Education Reform: Debating the Impact on Students, 2013
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Education author and activist
Speaker, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's annual meeting, Memphis, TN
Former special education teacher
Post-doctoral credentials, Gifted and Talented, University of South Florida
PhD, Educational Leadership, Florida State University
MEd, Special Education, University of North Florida
BS, Special Education, Central Michigan University